Egyptians overseas vote in presidential elections


The second day of voting for Egyptians living overseas in the 2018 presidential elections was described as "good" and "satisfactory" by Egypt's National Elections Authority on Saturday.

Voting in Los Angeles and Canada will close on Monday due to the time zone difference.

National Election Authority official spokesman Mahmoud al-Sherif said that polling stations at the embassies and consulate offices have secured all documents involved in the electoral process, including the number of those who cast their vote.

Egypt's army chief-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win re-election after a string of potential contenders withdrew from the race under pressure or were arrested.

Polling facilities in most countries opened for voting at 9am local time on Sunday and closed at 9pm.

The voting process will continue on Saturday until 9 pm at the diplomatic and consular missions in 124 countries.

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In 2017, the government estimated the number of Egyptians living overseas at 9.4 million.

According to Egyptian law, all Egyptians overseas can vote in the 2018 elections, regardless of their visa status, whether residents, non-residents or tourists.

The presidential vote will be conducted in Egypt from March 26 to 28.

The total number of eligible voters in the national voter database is 59 million, according to NEA statistics.